Skilled and dedicated coaches are the most important aspect of Kentucky Interscholastic Cycling League mountain bike teams.  A Kentucky League coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority.  NICA-licensed coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively working to hone their leadership skills.

Coaches quickly learn that volunteer coaching a NICA team can be a lot of work yet perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences of their lifetime. Many coaches report improved personal well-being and fitness after just one season. Many coaches echo the sentiment:

“I thought I was doing this all for the kids, but it turned out I benefited perhaps more than the kids, with regular practices and leadership opportunities.”

NICA Coaching

Prospective Coaches can learn about all things coaching by signing up for the Kentucky League’s Coaches News here. Subscribe today to learn how to gain access to exclusive coaching content and get updates on important league information.

How do I become a NICA Coach?


The Kentucky Interscholastic Cycling League will provide all the NICA risk management and best practice training you’ll need to jump right in and start coaching a team.  Seminars called Leaders’ Summits and Ride Leader Training are held throughout the year, including online webinars, On The Bike (OTB) skills clinics and annual retreats.

How do I get started?

All NICA coaches start with NICA License Level 1 and take it one step at a time throughout the year as opportunities arise to complete additional requirements. Minimum requirement to ride with/coach students is NICA License Level 1 as per NICA “Safe Kids Policy”.

STEP 1: 

Check out NICA’s Coach Licensing Program for NEW and RETURNING coaches HERE


Contact the Kentucky League Director Denile Hill at:


Start talking with other people you think would be good coaches and build your relationships!


The CIT Program is only for KICL Alumni who want to coach and meet the following criteria:

  1. Have graduated from high school
  2. Willl not be 18 years old prior to July 1st of the season after they have graduated

***KICL Alum who will be 18 years old prior to July 1st of the season should register as a coach and not a CIT.***


The Head Coach or Team Director must first approve of the CIT request by the KICL Alum. The HC or TD and prospective CIT will review the HEAD COACH and CIT ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES paper together to establish expectations. The HC or TD will complete the CIT REGISTRATION FORM. Parents or Guardians will review the FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES PAPER with the prospetive CIT and parents/guardians will receive and sign an electronic waiver and complete additonal steps outlined in an email from NICA coach licensing (please check your spam folders if you do not see the NICA email).